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UFC 216: Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis cancelled due to injury

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A very late injury has led to the cancellation of the UFC 216 heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis.

Just a few minutes before UFC 216 was set to begin, one of the main bouts on the main card has been called off. The heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis will not take place on the card, reportedly due to an injury to Lewis’ back. UFC announcer Jon Anik broke the bad news on Twitter:

And MMA Junkie’s John Morgan provided some clarification:

Lewis has had back issues for a long time, which has limited him in training for recent bouts. He seemed to be over it and had been training hard with a new diet regimen for this fight, but apparently he must have tweaked it in the last 24 hours since the weigh-in.

It’s not yet clear what fight will be bumped up to the main card of the PPV to replace this, but the event will now go forward at 7pm ET instead of 6:30pm.

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